Glass Tile Installation: Bonding Mortar Tips
The use of glass tiles in a home usually gives it a touch of style that is almost impossible to replicate with largely opaque materials such as ceramic. This, in addition to the fact that glass can blend seamlessly into almost any already-installed house theme, has seen a rise in the use of glass tiles -- both as accent pieces and as field tiles.
However, glass usually works its aesthetic magic only when properly installed. This is so especially when it comes to the bonding mortar application stage. The following are bonding mortar tips that will come in handy in helping to ensure that you get the best aesthetic value out of your glass tile installation.
Bonding mortar color choice
Glass tiles are normally transparent. This means that any mortar that is used in the installation will be largely visible. When the mortar's color isn't consistent throughout the floor, you will end up with a glass floor that has different color shades, something that will definitely reduce the ability of the glass tiles to blend seamlessly into your house theme. It is because of this that it is usually advisable that you use bonding mortar that has a consistent color. This will ensure uniformity in your installation, something that will go a long way towards boosting its appeal.
If you don't have a specific color in mind, you can always settle for a bright white bonding mortar color. Since achieving the bright white color is easy, keeping the color's consistency will be easy even in cases where different batches of mortars are used. This, in addition to the fact that the brightness of the mortar will boost the translucent or clear quality of the glass, makes it an ideal choice.
Bonding mortar application
When installing ceramic tiles, notice how the bonding mortar spreads is usually of little to no value. Why? Because ceramic tiles are opaque. What this means is that even in cases where the mortar spreads unevenly, one cannot see this unevenness. As a result, you can always get away with the voids that are created when the tiles are forcefully pressed against the mortar. Since glass tiles are usually transparent, this is something that you can not get away with.
To avoid creating uneven voids on the glass side of the tiles, you will have to apply a thin film of the bonding mortar onto the glass tile. Doing this before pressing the tile against the already-installed bonding mortar will not only reduce the risks of void formation, but also ensure that even when the voids are formed, they are restricted to the two layers of and not the area where the mortar comes in contact with the glass. As a result, air bubbles and ridges will remain hidden, something that will go a long way towards ensuring uniformity in your installation.
For assistance, talk to a professional like Art Tile Co. Inc.